Sermon Archive

Sermon Archive

Prepare the Way

Lectionary: Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6 Let us pray: Lord, prepare the way for your coming. Prepare our hearts and our world. Speak truth to us, that we may see you coming. And may the words of my mouth and the meditations on all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. Amen. Prepare the Way A few weeks ago I…

Christ the King

Lectionary: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14, Psalm 93, Revelation 1:4b-8, John 18:33-37 Let us pray: Cry out to us, O God, and give us ears to hear. Show us your majesty and your truth. And may the words of my mouth and the meditations on all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. Amen. Christ the King You may remember the story. It’s after…

Anxious! (Thanksgiving service)

(This sermon was preached at a Carnegie Ministerium Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, November 18, 2018) Lectionary: Joel 2:21-27, Psalm 126, 1 Timothy 2:1-7, Matthew 6:25-33 Let us pray: Blessed Lord who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant me so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that I may embrace and hold ever fast the…

Apocalypse!

Readings: Daniel 12:1-13, Psalm 16, Hebrews 10:11-25, Mark 13:1-8 Let us pray: Open our ears and our hearts, O Lord, to discover your Scriptures. Speak to us today, each of us what we need to hear. And may the words of my mouth and the meditations on all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. Amen. Apocalypse! I think we’ve all seen…

Pennies (Oct. 11)

Lectionary: I Kings 17:8-16, Psalm 146, Hebrews 9:24-28, Mark 12:38-44 Let us pray: O God Almighty, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Grant us, we pray, to be grounded and settled in your truth by the coming down of the Holy Spirit into our hearts. That which we know not, reveal; that which is wanting in us, fill up; that which we know, confirm; and keep us blameless in…

Tears and Mourning

Lectionary: Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 24, Revelations 21:1-6a, John 11:32-44 Let us pray: Lord Jesus Christ, come to us this morning. Fill us with your truth; speak to us, that we might go and love others. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our rock and our redeemer. Amen. Tears and Mourning It’s been a…

Ever Reforming (Oct. 28)

Lectionary: Jeremiah 31:31-34, Psalm 46, Romans 3:19-28, John 8:31-36 Ever Reforming I went to a really, really hippie college. There were people living in the forested part of the college’s property; sometimes I’d find their tents tucked away into odd places when I went for walks. Recycling and protests and petitions were all the rage. People complained about…

A-ha! (Oct. 21)

Lectionary: Isaiah 53:4-12, Psalm 91:9-16, Hebrews 5:1-10, Mark 10:35-45 Let us pray: Word of God, come among us today. Speak to us your Word, and make our hearts and our souls new. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of all our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer. Amen. A-ha! You may have heard of Harry Potter. Maybe. 🙂 It is the…

Earthling

Lectionary: Genesis 2:18-24, Psalm 8, Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12, Mark 10:2-16 Let us pray: Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen. (Book of Common Worship, p. 60) Earthling The first few chapters in Genesis describe God’s creation…

Salt

Lectionary: Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16, 24-29; Psalm 19:7-14; James 5:13-20; Mark 9:38-50 Let us pray: Lord, please bless our hearing of Your holy Word. Speak to each of us the word we need to hear today. Amen. Salt So… our  gospel passage today is quite a smorgasbord. We jump from exorcisms and who’s in Jesus’ in-groups, to hell and sin and cutting off body…